Rihanna is 27 years old. So is Adele. Taylor Swift is 26 years old and change. At some point in the past two years, roughly since Swift’s 1989 came out, one of them has been on top of the music world. It’s been either because of album sales, touring, or social media dominance, if not all three. During that time span, if you were to compile a list of the five most popular/biggest women (if not all artists, regardless of gender) in the music industry, it’d be: Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Adele and Taylor Swift. The actual order is obviously debatable, yet at various points since 1989‘s release Swift, Adele and/or Rihanna were able to occupy that top spot, wrestling it away from the unquestioned front-runner Beyonce.*
*If Beyonce’s status as the alpha was at all in question, her performance at Super Bowl 50 put those questions to bed.
With the present day covered, let’s fast-forward a little bit. Let’s look ahead 10 years and ask ourselves a couple of questions. In a decade, what will the careers of Adele, Rihanna and Taylor Swift look like? Who will still be going strong, and if more than one of them still are, whose career will be going the strongest? We’ve known each of these incredibly talented women for a while now and through some healthy debate, some unhealthy speculation, some assistance from a few of the folks here at Uproxx and lovely people on social media, we should be able to figure this out: In 10 years, who is on top: Adele, Rihanna or Taylor Swift?